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Work to begin soon on artificial turf at Ken-Ton’s Crosby Field, Kenmore West

With the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District’s capital construction project ahead of schedule, the School Board on Monday agreed to move forward with the fourth phase, which includes installation of artificial turf at Crosby Field and Kenmore West High School.

“This was slated to start in the spring and we’re going to expedite some extra work before winter hits, starting at the Crosby and Ken West fields,” said Superintendent Dawn F. Mirand.

Five contracts worth a total of $12.5 million for the fields, and work at the district’s Hoover and Franklin middle/elementary school complexes were awarded Monday afternoon during a special School Board meeting.

The work is part of $51.6 million worth of improvements at the district’s nine schools that was overwhelmingly approved by voters in a December 2014 referendum.

This summer, bus loops were constructed at Lindbergh Elementary and Kenmore West, computer labs were built at both high schools and new windows were installed at the Hoover and Franklin complexes. The capital project is ahead of schedule thanks partially to the dry summer, Mirand said.

Progress was also made on expanding wireless internet access to all the schools, said Assistant Superintendent for Finance John Brucato.

“That’ll continue into the school year, but the majority of the work was done over the summer,” he said. “We’re hoping to have a completely wireless campus by spring of 2017.”

In addition, construction of a new gymnasium at Kenmore East High School is under way, with completion anticipated by the end of next summer.

Meanwhile, district officials are hoping upgrades at Kenmore East’s home field, Adams Field, will be done in time for the annual East vs. West football game Oct. 15 during alumni weekend.

“If the lights are ready, we’ll play under the lights that night,” said Mirand.

A new scoreboard was installed last week at the field on Parker Boulevard named for former Kenmore East football coach Dick “Sparky” Adams.

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